On September 22nd, 1862, Lincoln promised to sign an Emancipation Proclamation on New Year's Day. "All persons," Lincoln wrote, "held as slaves within any State in rebellion shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free." But abolitionists were unsure whether he would keep his promise.
From letters of the second U.S. president, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, this film explores their tumultuous times.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
A star in baseball's golden age, Joe DiMaggio's celebrity status and tumultuous marriage to Marilyn Monroe brought him pain.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
Richard Sears and Alva Curtis Roebuck brought consumer goods to the hands of every American with their Sears and Roebuck catalogue.
The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.